Tuesday 6 March 2018

Tuesday Book Chat | 6 March 2018 | Iola Goulton

It's Iola here. Welcome to our ACW Tuesday Book Chat where we encourage book lovers to answer our bookish question of the week.

Today's question is: Which Christian Books have you recommended to a friend? Extra points for telling us why!

We look forward to hearing your thoughts. Please join in the conversation in a comment on this post or in a comment on the blog post shared in our Australasian Christian Writers Facebook Group. Or, if you're feeling wordy (like me), write a blog post and link to it in the comments.

Let's chat!


  1. I am a testimonial tracker. My favourite giveaway has been "They Found the Secret: 20 Transformed LIves that reveal a Touch of Eternity." First published in 1960; a timeless collection of short concise testimonies of people who have gone before. Some had been Christians for many years before they found a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit and began to move in God's power. In each life 'a pattern emerges that leads from desperation to the abundant life Jesus promised.' Each life inspires me towards a deeper reality of the Spirit-filled joy and power of the Lord.

  2. I’ve recommended Becky Wade’s books because her books contain the perfect blend of romance, humour and realness.

  3. As I am the librarian at the church (most books came from me) I often recommend books to different people. One lady has read almost all the books there apart from the LI as they are to small (she is 90). I notice what they borrow and can go to other books in that genre. One lady loves Amish, Another historical most. I have noticed most don't like the heavy suspense but do like the cosy mysteries. I will tell a lady at church books I like after I finished them and she has often gone and bought the book as we have a very similar taste in books.

  4. It really depends, Iola, on the interests of the reader. Jim Rubart's books are probably the onesI recommend most often but I'm often asked about spec.fiction which can lead to an interesting discussion on what particular elements of spec. is the reader interested in.

    Craig Parshall's Trevor Black 2-book series are really enjoyable. Black is an ex-lawyer who gets called into investigate the odd-ball cases that typically involve something supernatural. You see, Black has a special talent: he sees into the supernatural world and sees demons and angels. But what is most compelling about it is reading the growth in Black's faith. He is a man who walks by faith which helps him solve his cases.

  5. As Ian says above, for me it depends a lot where the potential reader is at. With non-fiction, if the person is looking for more reflective, contemplative books, I have recommended Henri Nouwen and Eugene Peterson books etc. For those wanting to explore the role of women in ministry, I have suggested 'Why Not Women?' by Loren Cunningham and also 'How I Changed My Mind about Women in Leadership', edited by Alan Johnson, because these are balanced, honest books, in my opinion. For those seeking to work out who they were created to be, I would perhaps recommend books like David Benner's 'The Gift of Being Yourself' because I love the gentle but wise way he writes. With novels, because I like a 'meaty' read, I have recently lent two novels by South African author Irma Joubert to a friend and also a Cathy Gohlke novel, 'Saving Amelie'. Better stop there!


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